making putz houses

There is a lot of interest currently in Putz houses, or little glitter houses, that were once used to make village scenes under Christmas trees and on mantles. You can read more about them at Little Glitter Houses and Papa Ted’s Place, just to mention two sites. My Pinterest Putz House Tutorial board has more links.

I’ve been drawing patterns for Putz houses this week. Here are the assembled houses and churches, ready for painting and glittering. Can’t wait!

This is a fairly simple church with a nice bump out on the front.

Putz church

This church has a few more details than the others. It’s already on a base and has a fence. I used a hand punch to make the lattice fence.

Putz church

This is a very simple vintage-style Putz.

Putz house

Another simple one, with a bump out front door.

Putz house

This is the church, this is the steeple.
Open the doors and see all the people!

Putz church

I like the roof trim on this house. I made it with a hand punch.

Putz house

Very simple two-story Putz. The little roof in front of the house will be glued over the door after painting.

Putz house

I like the two chimneys on this house.

Putz house

It’s a bit hard to see in this picture, but the steeple tower sits back a bit from the front of the house.

Putz church

Next comes the fun of painting and glittering. I’ll be posting about that soon.

If you would like to see more of my Putz houses, as well as Christmas ornaments I have made from upcycled holiday cards, please visit my Etsy shop.

ChristmasNotebook at Etsy



  1. Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi,I have been meaning to ask you,my boyfriend got a chair from walmart and we saved the box.I was wondering if I could use the box to make these houses?Its kinda thick cardboard.Its a pretty big box,I think I could get a couple houses out of it.

  2. Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Hilary, you can use any kind of cardboard, though I don’t like to use corrugated cardboard. It’s harder to make the edges look nice. I’ve been using food boxes (cereal, cracker, container boxes, etc.) and also poster board. If the box has print or pictures on it, I paint it with a base of white paint before using the final paint color on it. I’d love to see your finished houses! ~~Rhonda

    Posted September 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to make a small village for a friend of mine who’s been sick, I think this will cheer her up. do you print your patterns, or is there another site that does??
    Thank you so much for sharing your works of art with all of us!

  4. Posted September 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I have considered selling my patterns, but don’t know the best way to do that at this point. Or how much I should charge. I will look into that. In the meantime, here is my Pinterest board where there are some Putz house pattern links. I hope you have a wonderful making these for your friend! If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to ask. I am happy to help if I can. ~~Rhonda 🙂

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